• WordNet 3.6
    • v disintegrate break into parts or components or lose cohesion or unity "The material disintegrated","the group disintegrated after the leader died"
    • v disintegrate lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current "the particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process"
    • v disintegrate cause to undergo fission or lose particles
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Paper money is not made from wood pulp but from cotton. This means that it will not disintegrate as fast if it is put in the laundry
    • v. i Disintegrate To decompose into integrant parts; as, chalk rapidly disintegrates .
    • v. t Disintegrate To separate into integrant parts; to reduce to fragments or to powder; to break up, or cause to fall to pieces, as a rock, by blows of a hammer, frost, rain, and other mechanical or atmospheric influences. "Marlites are not disintegrated by exposure to the atmosphere, at least in six years."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disintegrate To separate into component parts; reduce to fragments; break up or destroy the cohesion of: as, Tocks are disintegrated by frost and rain.
    • disintegrate To break up; separate into its component parts.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Disintegrate dis-in′te-grāt or diz- to separate into integrant parts: to break up
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  • Bertrand Russell
    “To expect a personality to survive the disintegration of the brain is like expecting a cricket club to survive when all of its members are dead.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. dis-, + integratus, p. p. of integrare, to renew, repair, fr. integer, entire, whole. See Integer


In literature:

I never heard such a case of disintegration before.
"Japhet, In Search Of A Father" by Frederick Marryat
The disintegration of this sets free particles of astral matter, so that we have reached in this the limit of physical matter.
"Occult Chemistry" by Annie Besant and Charles W. Leadbeater
We are facing at this moment a disintegrating age.
"Preaching and Paganism" by Albert Parker Fitch
You wouldn't disintegrate without it.
"Red Pepper's Patients" by Grace S. Richmond
In a clay district, a certain amount of clay, disintegrated by frost, may be chopped over with turfy loam from an old pasture.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
Without this final Court of Appeal, set up by the wisdom of God, the Church would disintegrate and fall into pieces to-morrow.
"The Purpose of the Papacy" by John S. Vaughan
After many experiments, he hit upon the following plan: The disintegrated coca leaves are digested at 70 deg.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 623, December 10, 1887" by Various
But party disintegration had been only partial.
"A Short Life of Abraham Lincoln" by John G. Nicolay
Slake the lime, using as little water as possible to make it disintegrate, then mix the whole by a sieve.
"The Art of Perfumery" by G. W. Septimus Piesse
To Hal it seemed that the universe had disintegrated in that concussion.
"The Clarion" by Samuel Hopkins Adams

In poetry:

And now I see how skill and art
May cleave fair nature through,
Disintegrate her breathing heart,
And to the tissues torn impart
A use and beauty new.
"Improvement." by Hattie Howard
Thou hast beheld the triumphs of his skill
Touched by the desolating hand of time,
Crumble, disintegrate and pass away--
Resolved to pristine particles of dust.
"Metabole." by Alfred Castner King
When the current slackened, drooped the mystic stranger,--
Faded, faded, faded, as the stream grew weaker,--
Wasted to a shadow, with a hartshorn odor
Of disintegration.
"De Sauty" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Majestic turrets, and the stately dome
Which, ovaled by the slow but tireless hand
Of eons of disintegrating time,
Still with impressive aspect rears its brow
Defiant of mutation and decay.
"Grandeur." by Alfred Castner King

In news:

The Disintegration Loops Vol III.
A rotary-knife mill on a disintegrator shreds hard drives into small particles.
Spinning a Scene of Euro Zone's Disintegration.
Satellite images from 2002, left, and 2012 reveal the disintegration of the Antarctic ice shelf .
The risk that the currency disintegrates within weeks is alarmingly high.
One landed near the park and one, on first reports, disintegrated.
Ophelia could disintegrate during the next 48 hours.
Once the Soviet Union disintegrated, the spy agency's archives were pried open for inspection.
Yugoslavia 's Disintegration and Balkan Politics in Transition, second edition by Lenard J Cohen Westview Press, 386 pp.
Authorities have not confirmed her death, but Rivera's relatives in the US say they have few doubts that she was on the Learjet 25 that disintegrated on impact Sunday in rugged territory in Nuevo Leon state in northern Mexico .
The power of Muse 's "EDM by way of U2" pick-me-up nearly disintegrates Bellamy at the 2:23 mark.
The mighty airship Hindenburg disintegrated in a ball of flames, taking 35 lives with her.
At least they offer excellent disintegration, making them an option for larger households or those with clog-prone plumbing.
Another test-designed to determine how well a toilet paper breaks down-is know as the disintegration test because nobody wants toilet paper clogging the plumbing.
Woman accused in Target stabbings experienced a mental disintegration.

In science:

In a second step, apply the above considerations to ϕ = 1I and disintegrate the spectral resolution 1I (H ) with respect to a spectral measure of H .
Anderson Localization for radial tree-like random quantum graphs
Furthermore, the disintegrated operator E (λ) : H −→ H is also Hilbert-Schmidt and (1I (H )f , g ) = ZI 2(X × X ) and keλkL has a kernel eλ ∈ L 2 (X×X ) ≤ 1.
Anderson Localization for radial tree-like random quantum graphs
The eeλ (x, y ) := Φ(x)−1 eλ (x, y )Φ(y )−1 and al lows the disintegration formula ( eE (λ)f , g ) dρ(λ) = ZI ZX ZX eeλ (x, y )f (x) g (y ) dx dy dρ(λ) for al l f , g ∈ H+ with eeλ ∈ H− ⊗ H− and keeλkH−⊗H− ≤ 1.
Anderson Localization for radial tree-like random quantum graphs
Light nuclei are photo-disintegrated at this energy and only the heaviest nuclei like Al and Fe survive.
Second dip as a signature of ultrahigh energy proton interactions with cosmic microwave background radiation
Actually, this enhancement factor αloss should be further increased by the number of secondary protons with energy > Ethr/Z produced by the photo-disintegration of the primary heavy nuclei with energy > Ethr .
Anisotropy vs chemical composition at ultra-high energies